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Old 10-02-16, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
If you ride a 58cm, why look at a 53cm Lemans?
Good question! I'm more interested in learning about the specifics of the bike maker and model/type and construction. Your right that it wouldn't work for me. I still have plans to check out the 1987 Schwinn Super Sport (57 cm or 23 1/2 in.) which I think will fit me.
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Sweet! Awesome Bike!
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Highly under-rated in my opinion and generally a great deal. Also they are usually either so beat only the frame is worthwhile or almost brandy new- people either kill them or put them in the basement. Go figure.

I use an '87 Tempo as a daily rider and trainer- updated with Ultegra/105 9 speed with a compact crank and DA downtube shifters- and it rides very nicely (see pic below). I've got about a half dozen squirreled away in storage (including that sweet, sweet one I got from BG a year and a half ago- hope you enjoyed the gin!), and unless Cannondale or one of the other sources we're working with can develop a replacement top tube cable guide, I'll be building those as massive upgrade customs all next winter instead of Cannondales.

Next one I have in the pipeline is a cream colored powder coat 57.5cm (23") with all Shimano 600 tricolor, Brooks B-17 in honey with matching leather bar wrap, brown cable housing, gumwalls and custom cut brown decals. Very classy.

Looks brand new!
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Sweet Magenta/White paint job!

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Yes, you can't let the Miami Vice Ironman have all the fun:





that paint job looks brand new!! How is that possible on a bike that is 30 years old??


And speaking of the Super Sport/Centurion Ironman comparision, I have both this bike and an 85 ironman (the non miami vice version). I really can only keep one. Having a hard time deciding . . . .
I would be happy to find either a decent Centurion Iron Man or a Schwinn Super Sport in my size (57 cm/23 inches)
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Found a Schwinn Super Sport on CL for $245. what kind of condition should it be in for that price?
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Originally Posted by danarello
Found a Schwinn Super Sport on CL for $245. what kind of condition should it be in for that price?
Ready to ride, with paint at least 8.5 out of 10.
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Ok, thanks for that reply. I assume it would cost mega bucks to repaint a bike in the original color scheme if one could find someone who could do that.
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Well, this is my first post on any sort of forum or group, but what better forum than one about bicycles. Reading all of these posts on Tenax Schwinn road bikes coaxed me into buying one off of CL. The 30-mile ride Sunday was awesome, and I am a longer stem away from a quality steel road bike. It seems to be lighter, and purpose built for performance than my 79' Le-tour IIII. However, the Ultra-Long wheel base, and the ability to get 700cc wheels with 40mm tires make it really comfy and a cool weather favorite.
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Please post pic off the underside of BB so I can see the cable guide setup!

Originally Posted by sjpitts
Yes, you can't let the Miami Vice Ironman have all the fun:








And speaking of the Super Sport/Centurion Ironman comparision, I have both this bik

e and an 85 ironman (the non miami vice version). I really can only keep one. Having a hard time deciding . . . .
Please post a pic of the underside of the BB. i FOUND A similar Schwinn SS but the cable are just rubbing against the bottom bracket! no guides either plastic or metal. But I have know idea what should be there! Other than that, the rest of the bike is in good condition. Ready to ride and 7 out of 10 on paint job.

I posted pics of the bike's BB on this thread.
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Schwinn SS 87

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Ready to ride, with paint at least 8.5 out of 10.
I think I found one on CL. Went to look at it. Nice bike, maybe not quite ready to ride, 8.5 out of 10 paint but approaching. What should the underside of the BB cable guides look like? This bike had none! Cables were rubbing against the frames BB. I told the guy I couldn't make him an offer until I researched this problem. I posted pics on this thread.
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Some bike BBs have nothing more than two grooves on the underside of the bb, others use a plastic guide.

Photos of the pink bike show a plastic bb cable guide.
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I have been keeping my eye on this Schwinn SS for some time.It's in pretty good condition except that it needs cable guides under the BB. The paint is worn away from the cables rubbing the BB shell underside. Seller asking $180. I 'm thinking $150.
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Schwinn Catalogue Super Sport memorabilia

I'm hoping the models wearing their cycling clothing from 1987 show up in the photos below. They match the pink and pastel colors of the bike frames.



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Schwinn SS

I just acquired a pink/white Schwinn Super Sport for $150. No pics yet, sorry. but it came with some wheels and components that I think are not original which I want to replace. Anyway, the frame looks like the pink/white bike in the 87 Super Sport Schwinn Catalogue. I want to know what type of front and rear derailleurs should I look for and would I need a 6 speed cassette or 5 speed? Also, I see a lot of parts on ebay, but I'm not sure of the numbers that describe the parts. I do know I am looking for Suntour or Shimano parts. Just not sure of the part numbers given on ebay.
Components that came with my Schwinn Super Sport:
1. "Sachs Huret" front derailleur and rear
2. 5 speed cassette
3. skewers say "france" and "Mallard"
4. Chainring shows "Stronglight"
5. "Dia Compe" side pull brakes
6. Shimano SLR brake levers
7. Hubs say "Sunshine"
8. front rim says "Flamme" italy, rear rim is black and"NIS?"
9. seatpost says "Laprad"
10. Bars: "Sakae Custom"

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Schwinn SS (1987?) upgrade

I recently acquired a pink/white (1987?) Schwinn SS WITH Tenax tubing. It has less than desirable components on it as mentioned previously in this thread. I'm needing help determining what components will be interchangeable. It currently has a 5 speed cassette. I would like to put shimano components back on the bike> i believe Shimano 600 Ex Gruppo came with this bike. would the components below work?









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Those components should be just fine but the 600EX hub is likely a Uniglide instead of a Hyperglide...I know there's some crossover in the 86-90 era with those cassettes. Google will help you. The downtube cable stops won't be needed if you're using those shifters. A SRAM PC-8xx series chain and some new Kool-Stop pads are my recommendation.
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Depends on a few things. If the wheelset has been changed to a freehub style, then that cassette will fit. If it still sports the original 6208 Shimano rear hub, then you'll need a 7 speed freewheel & there are plenty of good Shimano choices out there. UG or HG makes no difference, although HG will shift better. You won't need those downtube cable guides if you're using the downtube shifters, nor will you need the funky little thing they are attached to in the pictures. FD is a clamp on style as needed, but your seat tube requires a 28.6 clamp. Most of the 640X Shimano clamps were 28.6, but if it's a larger 31.8 you'll need a shim (also made by Shimano, or you can make your own from brass shim stock).
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Shimano 600 Ex Gruppo

Thanks guys for your help in my 87 Schwinn SS restoration. I'm finding a good selection of parts available on ebay. Just want to find the right parts that will work. I'd like to have those Wolber wheels too!





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Questions about your SS

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Yes, you can't let the Miami Vice Ironman have all the fun:








And speaking of the Super Sport/Centurion Ironman comparision, I have both this bike and an 85 ironman (the non miami vice version). I really can only keep one. Having a hard time deciding . . . .
Since yours looks like it has the original components, can you tell me how many gears the cassette has, wheel type, and model/# of the brakes and derailleurs?
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Originally Posted by danarello
Since yours looks like it has the original components, can you tell me how many gears the cassette has, wheel type, and model/# of the brakes and derailleurs?
I sold that bike a long time ago-- but I still have some pictures











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restoring a 87 Schwinn super sport

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Depends on a few things. If the wheelset has been changed to a freehub style, then that cassette will fit. If it still sports the original 6208 Shimano rear hub, then you'll need a 7 speed freewheel & there are plenty of good Shimano choices out there. UG or HG makes no difference, although HG will shift better. You won't need those downtube cable guides if you're using the downtube shifters, nor will you need the funky little thing they are attached to in the pictures. FD is a clamp on style as needed, but your seat tube requires a 28.6 clamp. Most of the 640X Shimano clamps were 28.6, but if it's a larger 31.8 you'll need a shim (also made by Shimano, or you can make your own from brass shim stock).
Hey Doc,
So the 5 speed Sachs Huret RD is no good as it turns out. In addition, the bike came with wheels that sport tubular rims which I would prefer to switch out to clinchers. So, I'm searching CL for some vintage road bikes that I can use for Parts, specifically wheels and RD/FD. Found a few candidates for under $150. they all have 6 speeds. Question: If my SS has 126 mm rear drop out width, will the wheels from another bike fit?
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If 6-7 speed and 126 OLD, then yes. But even modern 130 OLD wheelsets can be installed without any problem.
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I measured the rear drop-out width on the frame. It measures about 124 mm. Could it be older than an 87? I think its an 87 frame b/c of the magenta/white color scheme and it has the aero brakes. If I had to do it over again, I should have held out for a SS with 6 or 7 speed Shimano components!
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I just measured the rear drop out width on my 89 Tempo. 126 mm. Iím curious that my SS measures between 123 and 124 mm! Could this mean that itís a 120 mm that has stretched out?
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed
Tenax is heavy. You're deluding yourself if you think it's made from SL. Also depending on what model you get, the fork can be a tank too. My 1989 prelude (the one that came with the non-high ten fork mind you) frameset with a tange levin headset weighs about 7lbs. the 26.6 seat post size is annoying, and it uses a JIS headset which is also annoying.

Anyway... I did have a super sport once and it was awesome. The fork felt a little bit different than the prelude's and was lighter, and it also didn't have fender eyelets. It was a nice riding bike and was pretty light since it had full shimano 600. Around 22.5lbs.
Heavy? Compared to what? My Tempo frame weighs 2230g. Not a super light but not heavy.
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